Where to go for a wine tasting in the Jura?

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Staying in the Jura? Meet winegrowers who are passionate about their craft and taste remarkable wines.

Are you a wine lover visiting the Franche-Comté region? Discover one of the country’s most dynamic wine-growing regions! Stretching over 80 kilometers, the Jura vineyards offer wines as diverse as they are exciting. Surrounded by greenery and often nestled in extraordinary landscapes, the winemakers are delighted to offer tastings of the seven AOC Vins du Jura. Côtes du Jura, Crémant, Arbois, Château-Chalon, l’Etoile, Macvin, Marc du Jura: let the region’s specialists guide you through these appellations!

Over 2,000 hectares of vineyards, 140 professionals open their cellars to you. Discover the best crus and characteristic grape varieties! Whether you’re a wine tourism enthusiast or simply want to learn about wine tasting, the Jura region has something for everyone.

Following the Jura Wine Route, we guide you to the best places to taste the region’s wines.

Arbois

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Why not start with the Jura wine capital? Arbois, home of Louis Pasteur, is renowned for its struggle to gain recognition for the quality of the region’s wines. In fact, the village was the birthplace of France’s first AOC in 1936. France’s first wine-making cooperatives, founded in 1906, also originated in Arbois.

A small town of character in Burgundy Franche-Comté, a Site Remarquable du Goût, its many estates offer tastings and cellar tours. Its Musée de la Vigne et du Vin du Jura, nestled in Château Pécauld, is an excellent way to start your « Jura Wine Route ». Other places to visit include Domaine Henri Maire, where you can watch a film on the work of the vines and explore the cellars, or Domaine Rolet Père et Fils, also in Arbois. Both proudly bear the Vignobles & Découvertes label. As a bonus, take the opportunity to visit one of theJura’s mostbeautiful waterfalls in Arbois.

Poligny

We visit the small village of Poligny for its famous Comté cheese. But that’s not all! When it comes to wine, the terroir in and around the town has much to delight your taste buds. At the foot of the foothills of the Jura Massif, the Revermont wine region offers an undulating geography, with wines of distinctive personality.

There are plenty of places to learn about wine tasting. Philippe Chatillon’s Domaine offers tastings of the Arbois and Côtes du Jura appellations. It organizes vintage evenings, vineyard days and grape harvests. Please note: his wines are made without any additives. La Maison de Rose and Caveau des Jacobins are other recommended sites in the area.

Les Coteaux de la Haute-Seille

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With some forty wine producers and two wine cooperatives, the Coteaux de la Haute-Seille is home to the capital of Vin Jaune, the « Gold of the Jura »: Château-Chalon. This dry white wine made from the local Savagnin grape is as atypical in its production as it is in its bottling, in a 62-centiliter bottle. In nearby cellars, you can taste some of Jura’s finest AOC wines, as at Château d’Arlay.

Renowned as France’s oldest wine château, it’s well worth a visit. The Caves Jean Bourdy are also worth a visit. Dating back to the 16th century, they have been awarded the Vignobles & Découvertes label, combining gastronomic and heritage exploration.

L’Étoile

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The village of l’Étoile also bears the name of one of the four geographical AOCs of Jura wines. Wondering why this poetic name? It’s said to have originated from the shape of the five hills surrounding the town, or from the fossil stars buried in the vines. In terms of grape varieties, AOC Étoile includes Chardonnay, Savagnin and Poulsard. The vineyard covers 67 hectares.

For wine tasting, Château de l’Étoile has a 17th-century cellar that you can visit. Its vineyards cover 17 hectares. They feature Savagnin, Chardonnay, Poulsard and Trousseau. Vin Jaune, Macvin, Crémant and Côtes du Jura are produced sustainably. Domaine de Montbourgeau offers themed evenings in summer. The owners have even thought of children with scent recognition games.

Les Coteaux Lédoniens

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The Coteaux Lédoniens, close to the prefecture of Lons-le-Saunier, are spread around the winegrowing villages of Montaigu, Conliège, Perrigny, Vernantois and Chilly-le-Vignoble. They produce tasty Côtes du Jura wines, to be discovered in a region rich in historical treasures. In Montaigu, you can visit a 13th-century cellar at Domaine Pignier. The winemakers here use biodynamic viticulture. Biodynamic viticulture is favored by the micro-climate of the remote areas, the presence of groves and slopes, and the abundance of flora and fauna.

The winemakers respect DEMETER winemaking specifications (no addition of oenological products or yeast). In Crançot, the Maison du Vigneron offers a wide choice of vintages, while Coteaux du Val de Sorne combines the pleasure of the senses with fascinating walks in the company of an art historian (in summer).

South Revermont

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The Sud Revermont region attracts visitors first and foremost for its majestic retreats. But this Jura vineyard, close to its Burgundian neighbor, also offers wine-producing villages with a southern influence (Saint-Amour being the last town south of the territory). Gevingey, Cesancey, Orbagna, Rotalier or Beaufort are worth exploring if you’re a wine lover. The region’s stone-walled winegrowers’ houses are numerous.

In Obagna, La Caborde is a winegrowing mecca: not only is it a place for wine tasting, but also for exhibitions, screenings, concerts and workshops on winegrowing and regional culture. You can also simply enjoy a glass of the best vintages from the surrounding estates, or go for a bucolic hike. Before or after your visit to La Caborde, explore the châteaux of Rosay or Chevreaux, high above the Gizia reculée. Other remarkable estates await you, such as Les Ronces in Orbagna, or Peggy and Jean-Pascal Buronfosse in Rotalier.

Yellow Wine Breakthrough

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Every year, the people of the Jura make their cellars and barns available to welcome 80 winegrowers to celebrate the Percée du Vin Jaune. Organized by the Association des Ambassadeurs des Vins Jaunes, this major French wine event showcases the Jura vineyards. If you’re lucky enough to visit the region in February, don’t miss this major event. It’s the perfect opportunity to taste new vintages fresh from the barrel.

Prestigious Yellow Wines are served in a picturesque atmosphere, with auctions, gourmet banquets, concerts, competitions and blind tastings. Tens of thousands of visitors flock to the village chosen each year to celebrate the precious liquid.

Le Biou

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Are you in the region in September? Head to Arbois to celebrate the Biou! This traditional ceremony brings together the faithful and the curious to admire the giant bunch of grapes (between 80 and 100 kilos!), made up of the best red and white grapes chosen by the winegrowers.

This is an ancestral ritual practiced by winegrowers on the first Sunday in September, in the run-up to the harvest. It’s certainly not on the same scale as the Percée du Vin Jaune, but Biou is well worth the detour, if only for its folkloric and festive atmosphere.